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May 17, 2009

The Key Is Positioning

key naqba day.jpg

The caption on this AP photo is:

A Palestinian passed out from tear gas fired by Israelis troops, holds a key symbolizing the keys to houses left by Palestinians in 1948, during a demonstration marking the 61st anniversary of 'Nakba,' Arabic for catastrophe, in the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah, Friday, May 15, 2008. [sic -- it's 2009] The rally marked the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who either fled or were driven out of their homes during the 1948 war over Israel's creation. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

How many people pass out with their hands up in the air? Lucky for this peaceful protestor, it's the hand holding the ubiquitous key to boot.

(Hat tip: Last Mohican)

Posted by TS at May 17, 2009 01:23 PM


"A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification." ~George Washington Farewell Address

"The nation which indulges toward another habitual hatred or habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interests." ~ George Washington

"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none." ~ Thomas Jefferson

Posted by: George Washington at May 17, 2009 09:01 PM

How pathetic is this?


These people are reprehensible.

Posted by: A reader at May 17, 2009 10:26 PM

Well, is CAMERA going to enquire (and shame) AP or whoever has publicised this fauxtography?

Posted by: asherpat at May 18, 2009 05:48 PM

CAMERA has been in touch with AP editors. Stay tuned for an update.

Posted by: TS at May 19, 2009 02:35 AM

Here's the promised follow up. AP published a correction. See

Posted by: TS at May 20, 2009 05:25 AM

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